HOLLYWOOD, CA, October 13, 2009 — he 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
Academy Award-nominated actress Julianne Moore will be honored with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” actor Bradley Cooper will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Award,” producer Ryan Kavanaugh will get the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, actress Melanie Lynskey, actor Paul Schneider, and actor Zachary Quinto will be honored with the Hollywood Spotlight Awards.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.
ABOUT JULIANNE MOORE
An actress of great versatility, Julianne Moore has been nominated four times for Academy Awards for her work. She recently completed production on “A Single Man,” the feature film debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, which will also star Colin Firth, as well as on Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right,” starring opposite Annette Bening. She also completed work on Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe,” which also stars Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. She was last seen in “Blindness,” a film adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago’s book of the same name, directed by Fernando Meirelles and also starring Mark Ruffalo. Moore will next be seen in “Shelter,” an independent psychological thriller, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, and also starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two acting Oscar(r) nominations in the same year — for her performances in Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” (Best Actress nomination) and Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours” (Best Supporting Actress nomination). She also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Neil Jordan’s “The End of the Affair” and an Oscar(r) nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights.” Over the course of her career, Julianne Moore has received many film critics’ awards and nominations for her work.
Julianne Moore’s other film credits include: Tom Kalin’s “Savage Grace”; Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There”; Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men”; Lee Tamahori’s “Next”; Joe Roth’s “Freedomland”; Joseph Ruben’s “The Forgotten”; Peter Howitt’s “Laws of Attraction”; Jane Anderson’s “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”; Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Shipping News”; Bart Freundlich’s “Trust the Man, “World Traveler,” and “The Myth of Fingerprints”; Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal”; Ivan Reitman’s “Evolution”; Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia”; Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune” and “Short Cuts”; Gus Van Sant’s remake of “Psycho”; Oliver Parker’s “An Ideal Husband”; Scott Elliott’s “A Map of the World”; Steven Spielberg’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”; the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski”; Todd Haynes’ “Safe”; Louis Malle’s “Vanya on 42nd Street”; James Ivory’s “Surviving Picasso”; Curtis Hanson’s “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”; Jeremiah Chechik’s “Benny & Joon”; Andrew Davis’s “The Fugitive”; Chris Columbus’s “Nine Months”; and Richard Donner’s “Assassins.”
ABOUT BRADLEY COOPER
Bradley Cooper was recently seen in the summer blockbuster comedy “The Hangover,” co-starring Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. Later this year, Cooper will be seen in “New York, I Love You” and he’ll be seen in “Valentine’s Day” in 2010. Cooper is currently in production for “The A-Team,” co-starring Jessica Biel and Liam Neeson. Cooper’s other film credits include “All About Steve,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Yes Man,” “Wedding Crashers,” and the cult favorite “Wet Hot American Summer.” Cooper made his Broadway debut in 2006 opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in “Three Days of Rain,” and in 2008 he joined the cast of the critically acclaimed Theresa Rebeck play “The Understudy,” which premiered to rave reviews and sold-out performances. Cooper’s television credits include the critically acclaimed “Nip/Tuck,” “Kitchen Confidential,” “Alias,” and “Jack & Bobby.” Born in Philadelphia, Cooper studied at Georgetown University and received his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School.
ABOUT RYAN KAVANAUGH
Ryan Kavanaugh is not just a successful producer but also a highly regarded expert in film finance through his company Relativity Media, LLC (“Relativity”). Relativity is a media and entertainment company engaged in creating, financing and distributing first class, studio quality entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in, entertainment-related companies and assets.
Kavanaugh has created business and financial structures for a number of studios, production companies and producers, and has introduced over $10 billion of capital to these structures. Past structures/deals include Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers, Marvel and many others.
Kavanaugh has embraced philanthropy with the same vigor he has brought to the entertainment industry. He is an active participant in over 25 charities including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, Firstar, Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for The Art of Elysium.
As a producer, Ryan Kavanaugh’s personal production line-up includes: Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman; Lasse Hallstrom’s “Dear John,” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; “The Spy Next Door,” starring Jackie Chan; and (as Executive Producer on) Rob Marshall’s “Nine,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Sofia Loren, and the upcoming “War of Gods,” a film in the vein of “300.” Kavanaugh’s recent films include Universal’s “Mamma Mia,” “Bruno” and “The Fast and the Furious 4″; Sony Pictures’ “Hancock,” “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers” and “Pursuit of Happyness”; and under Relativity’s newly acquired Rogue Pictures, “The Last House on the Left,” “The Unborn” and “The Strangers.”
ABOUT SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO
A prominent actress on both stage and screen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career, most notably her prodigious performance as “Nadi” in “House of Sand and Fog,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Most recently, Aghdashloo stars in Cyrus Nowrasteh’s “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” which also stars Mozhan Marno and James Caviezel, and she can also be seen in a featured performance in Sanaa Hamro’s “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” alongside America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. Upcoming is D.W. Brown’s “In Northwood,” starring Nick Stahl and co-starring Aghdashloo, Olivia Wilde and Dash Mihok.
ABOUT MELANIE LYNSKEY
An accomplished and versatile actress, Melanie Lynskey first took audiences by storm in 1994 with her award-winning performance in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” opposite Kate Winslet. Lynskey can currently be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant,” in which she stars opposite Matt Damon. She will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s critically acclaimed film “Up in the Air” with George Clooney and in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass” with Edward Norton. Past film credits include Sam Mendes’ recent film “Away We Go,” Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers,” Andy Tennant’s “Ever After” and ” Sweet Home Alabama,” Billy Ray’s “Shattered Glass,” Michael Cacoyannis’ “The Cherry Orchard” and the independent New Zealand road movie “Snakeskin,” directed by Gillian Ashurst which garnered Lynskey her second New Zealand Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actress.
ABOUT PAUL SCHNEIDER
Paul Schneider grew up in North Carolina and attended the N.C. School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. He began acting in school projects and graduated with a degree in Film Editing. In 1999, he and a group of his film school classmates began work on “George Washington.” The feature earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination, a New York Film Critics Circle award as Best First Film, and top honors at the Atlanta Film Festival, among others. Schneider starred opposite Zooey Deschanel in David Green’s second feature, “All the Real Girls,” which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His subsequent films as an actor include Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown,” Thomas Bezucha’s “The Family Stone,” Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and Craig Gillespie’s “Lars and the Real Girl.” Schneider wrote and directed the feature “Pretty Bird,” which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and which starred Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup. He currently appears in the critically acclaimed film “Bright Star,” directed by Jane Campion, and stars on the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation,” with Amy Poehler.
ABOUT ZACHARY QUINTO
Zachary Quinto currently stars as Mr. Spock in Paramount Pictures’ recent remake of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” directed by J.J. Abrams. A native of Pittsburgh, Quinto has been acting since age 11 and launched his acting career in the theater. He starred in such theatrical productions as “Side Man,” “Gross Indecency” and “Oliver!” (City Theatre Company), as well as “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” (Old Globe), “Endgame” (Odyssey), “Much Ado About Nothing” (L.A. Shakespeare Festival & Vineyard Playhouse), “The Bear” (Tintreach Company, Galway Ireland), “Map of Doubt and Rescue,” “Laying On of Hands,” “Pro Bono Publico,” “Lonesome Hollow” (Ojai Playwrights Conference), “Stone” (Taper New Works Festival) and “Lonely Impulse of Delight” (Vineyard Playhouse).
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